Winterfest, An Exhibtion of Arts & Crafts

December 18, 2020 – February 28, 2021 at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen Colorado, USA

Rather than the formal presentation of a group show, however, US-based German artist Veit Laurent Kurz has designed an architectural installation based on a configuration of representations of a cabin, mountains, and a lake to display a range of sculpture, painting, drawing, and ceramic wares.Taking the natural landscape as inspiration for experimental architecture, Kurz has devised a large-scale installation that provides the setting for works that fall between arts and crafts by contemporary artists from across the United States and Europe.

Winterfest takes its cue from the German tradition of jahresgaben—annual selling exhibitions conducted by kunstvereine (member-based art associations throughout Germany). Since the 1800s, these exhibitions have been mounted in Germany to aid artists and help fund the institutions’ programs. As such, Winterfest is intended to financially support artistic practice; artworks will be for sale during the exhibition with profits split between artists and the museum.

The exhibition features works by Kelly Akashi, Kerstin Brätsch, Beverly Buchanan, Richard Carter, Milano Chow, Beau Dick, Olivia Erlanger,
Gina Fischli, Viola Frey, Owen Fu, Rochelle Goldberg, Sam Harvey, Suzanne Jackson, Matthew Langan-Peck, Jonas Lipps, Soshiro
Matsubara, Malcolm Mooney, Brandon Ndife, Erin Jane Nelson,Precious Okoyomon, Silke Otto-Knapp, Giangiacomo Rossetti, Lin May
Saeed, Niki de Saint Phalle, Cole Speck, James Surls, Stefan Tcherepnin, and Amelie von Wulffen. Architectural installation by Veit Laurent Kurz

& RønholtKurz

Curated by Saim Demircan and Nicola Lees with assistant Curator Simone Krug. Architectural design by Veit Laurent Kurz and RønholtKurz.